Just when I thought everything that could be written about Netanyahu’s “Bomb” graphic at the U.N. had been written, a local pundit had to apologize for discussing this topic to his audience. Talk about PC gone awry!
|Netanyahu at the UN|
This chart has been a staple of the infographic case studies. Does it mean that murder or organized crime is being endorsed?
|The look of Acquittal|
There are two schools of thought in this field, Edward Tufte’s precise data representation vs Nigel Holmes’ eye-catching visuality. What Netanyahu had was early Holmes. Highly visual, primary image and imprecise but nevertheless convincing data. Had it been Tuftean, it would have been pure chart and may never have made the headlines. Since the impact of these images can be so powerful the rhetorical battle between the two schools can get mightt heated.
|Tufte: Beauty to a Broker|
|Holmes at Work|
For technologist, the implications of this battleground become really clear when you apply it to the limited space of a SmartPhone. Images really matter. But other media matter too: Voice mail is an informational nightmare. If you try to buy a train ticket at an MTA kiosk you will know how critical that interface is if you are stuck behind a newbie while your chances of catching the next train slip away..
I also hope to share some of the case studies I had done for clients and companies I work with.